by Daniel Green // BWS Sports
SULPHUR — Anacoco freshman Bailey Davis recorded a game-ending strikeout with runners at second and third as the No. 9 Lady Indians advanced to the Class B state title game Saturday with a 9-8 upset win over Quitman on Thursday at Frasch Park in the LHSAA state softball tournament.
No. 5 Quitman built a 3-0 lead early, only to find themselves locked in a 4-4 stalemate after three innings.
Anacoco added a run in the fourth and got a solo homer from Davis in the sixth to take a 6-4 lead. However, Quitman pushed two runs across in the bottom of the sixth to tie things up, 6-6.
But Anacoco got a solo homer from Tylar Summitt and two more runs after that to open up a 9-6 cushion.
That advantage was just enough of a buffer for Davis and Anacoco as it held on for a 9-8 win.
Jaiden Craft collected three hits and three RBIs for Anacoco, while Summitt added a trio of hits and three RBIs, including the solo jack. Emilee D’Amico added a pair of hits and an RBI as Davis gave up eight runs on nine hits with three strikeouts.
Callie Deal, who went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, suffered the loss, giving up nine runs on 15 hits with one strikeout. Karley Huckaby had three hits and four RBIs to lead Quitman at the plate.
In a high-scoring slugfest, second-seeded Holden scored a run in the sixth inning and held Florien in the seventh to come away with a 12-11 win in the Class B semifinals.
A total of 13 runs were scored between the two teams in the opening two innings in the back-and-forth affair. The game was tied a number of times and the lead changed hands eight times.
Taylor Douglas earned the win for Holden as she surrendered 11 runs on 10 hits. However, she aided her own cause with a home run and three runs scored. Ava Roussel and Gracie Duffy each had three hits, while Taylor Barfield had two hits and two RBIs.
Sarah McDaniel suffered the loss for Florien, while Gracie Rutherford had three hits and three runs scored. Lauren Dees added two hits and two RBIs.
DIVISION I SEMIFINALS
Kai Goodman fired the only no-hitter in the opening day of the LHSAA state softball championships on Thursday, leading John Curtis to a 12-0 win over Archbishop Chapelle in the Division I semifinals.
Curtis went to work quickly, scoring three times in the first and third innings, while adding five runs in the second to open a huge advantage.
Goodman struck out three batters in the no-hitter, while going 3-for-5 at the plate. Teammate Megan McCartney added a pair of hits for Curtis.
Lexy Smith suffered the loss for Chapelle.
Mount Carmel fell behind early, but got three hits each from Maddi Giglio and Natalyn Bonvillian in a 3-1 Division I semifinal victory over Dominican on Thursday.
Mount Carmel pitcher Mia Pumila held Dominican to just one run on four hits with four strikeouts.
Reagan Porche had two hits to lead Dominican, who got a solid pitching performance from Elise Simon, who gave up two runs on four hits with three strikeouts.
DIVISION III SEMIFINALS
Holy Savior Menard….10
St. Thomas Aquinas….1
The Holy Savior Menard Lady Eagles had seven extra base hits, including a quartet of home runs in a 10-1 victory over St. Thomas Aquinas in the Division III semifinals on Thursday.
Karlee Lyles not only held St. Thomas Aquinas to just four hits, but she also hit two homers and doubled twice. Emily DeSelle had a trio of hits, including two home runs and a double, driving in two runs, while Sara Cooley had a double and two runs scored for Menard.
Brulee Broussard had a homer for St. Thomas Aquinas, while Kelsey Deakle suffered the loss pithing for St. Thomas Aquinas.
Macey Freed hit a three-run homer, while Maci Bergeron tossed a three-hitter as Notre Dame took down St. Charles in a Division III semifinal Thursday, 10-0.
Bergeron had three hits, including a double, with an RBI, while Keleigh Spell added two hits for Notre Dame.
Taylor Perilleaux suffered the loss pitching for St. Charles, while Madison Hebert had a double to lead in the batting category.